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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I am trying to make my list of stuff that I want for this baby. We share a house with roommates, so I am trying to be pretty minimalist about it (besides those irresistible diapers and carriers, of course). How helpful is having a boppy for breastfeeding? Is there another type of breastfeeding pillow that works better? I do already sometimes have back and shoulder pain, so maybe a boppy would be good to help with that. I don't know! Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 29
Jord posted one in the thread about wishlists. It's an organic one from toysrus. GL!
post #3 of 29
I used the Boppy a lot to the point I purchased additional covers for it so I could always have a clean one handy. It was very helpful because our son had GERD/Reflux disease and had to be propped up for 30 minutes after each feeding. At first it was a bit hard to use until I got a good position down, but after a while your back with hurt or your arm needs positioning and it's just nice to have something that wedges around you or to you rather than a pillow that won't position right.
I also used it later to prop him up on and also wedged around him when he was learning to sit up properly (all with supervision of course). It was also nice to use prior to having him because I could wedge it under my stomach for extra support of my huge belly.
You can find them cheap at yard sales and consignment shops as well, mine was second hand but obviously not used much. I just washed it according to instructions and then purchased a cover for it. They have very nice covers in all sorts of prints and reversable and the like. I'd put it on my wishlist.
post #4 of 29
We actually used it more for dd when she was learning to sit up and for playing on her tummy than I ever did for nursing. Pillows were much more comfy for me. Maybe I wasn't doing it right, but in order for it to be up against my body and support dd while I was nursing, the stupid thing was also around my back. It really bugged me between my back and the chair, and I could never find a comfy position with it. But I know tons of people who love it.
post #5 of 29
I've used a boppy with my last 3 kiddos and found it extremely useful in the first 3 months or so. With tiny newborns you'll need an additional pillow or rolled up towel underneath to get the right amout of height for supporting the babe while you nurse. The My Breast Friend pillow is thicker than a boppy and is much firmer. While I never found the MBF pillow very comfy, I think its totally a matter of preference. Try both out and see which feels the best for you.
post #6 of 29
Ohh man I love my boppy! I've had the same one the last 2 kiddos [so it's 8 years old now] and it's had to have some repairs made to it but it still works great. It really helps because I have large breasts and it helps me to be able to have a hand free to push back my breast so I don't smother the baby during the first couple months before they learn to push the breast back themselves.
post #7 of 29
I love love love loved my boppy. Used it at every nursing until he was about 13mos or so, and it was great to lay him down and not have him flat, it was also great for when he was still kind of wobbly with sitting. Not everyone likes them, it seems you either love it or don't, but my was invaluable to me. He still plays/sleeps/lays with it now
post #8 of 29
I hated the Boppy. It was very useful to help my DD learn to sit up, but for me it was useless as a breastfeeding pillow. I am very long waisted and it sat too low. I could put pillows underneath it to lift it up, but then it started to pull away from my body and the baby slid down between my waist and the Boppy. I like the My Brest Friend pillow. It straps on so I could get it to pull in tighter against me...which was a good thing because I ended up with a C-section incision and it stayed up high enough not to press against it.
post #9 of 29
I used it quite a bit since my arms and shoulders would get pretty tired from nursing...
post #10 of 29
I used it, but it always made my hunch over. I am hoping I can find something better this time, or just use the sling.
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by kimpo76 View Post
I hated the Boppy. It was very useful to help my DD learn to sit up, but for me it was useless as a breastfeeding pillow. I am very long waisted and it sat too low. I could put pillows underneath it to lift it up, but then it started to pull away from my body and the baby slid down between my waist and the Boppy. I like the My Brest Friend pillow. It straps on so I could get it to pull in tighter against me...which was a good thing because I ended up with a C-section incision and it stayed up high enough not to press against it.
Interesting! I have a long torso too. I guess I need to try out my doula's Boppy before buying one in case it doesn't fit right!
post #12 of 29
I liked mybrestfriend better. I have a long torso and am tall, so I found that boppy didn't hold the baby up very high and I still had to put a pillow under it. I also liked that mybrestfriend had a strap to hold it in place - the boppy would slide forward as baby moved. I have both (boppys are popular baby shower gifts and I bought the brestfriend). I actually ended up SITTING on the boppy most of the time when I had trouble healing from stitches - so that my bottom didn't get sore from sitting up. I also used the boppy to prop baby up a little when putting them on the rug.
post #13 of 29
Mandi, I sat on my boppy for that reason, too
post #14 of 29
Thread Starter 
Well, I guess I will maybe just get one of each...or maybe I will try the boppy first and get a my brest friend if I don't like it. Here comes the house full of baby stuff!
post #15 of 29
If you find you don't like the boppy, they're not terribly expensive, and you could either sell it, or keep as a pillow My dh uses it as a pillow if he's laying on the floor, lol.
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by kimpo76 View Post
I am very long waisted and it sat too low. I could put pillows underneath it to lift it up, but then it started to pull away from my body and the baby slid down between my waist and the Boppy.
Maybe this is why I disliked it so much. I'm also long waisted and tall, and it just wasn't comfy at all for me.
post #17 of 29
Thread Starter 
Scratch that. After researching, I will probably just wind up getting a My Brest Friend. It seems to be better in many ways. Is there anyone who didn't like the My Brest Friend?
post #18 of 29
I liked the My Breast Friend less than the Boppy, but then again, I never used the Boppy much either. My friend lent me one of them, and I quickly returned it and passed it back. I found that the best way for me to nurse was lying on my side, since I took so long recovering from my C-section scar. By the time I was upright, I already had a routine. Boppys are more versatile for later-- as other posters said-- a pillow for sitting on, for cradling hubby's neck and shoulders on the floor, and for when the babe is sitting up/tummy play after its neck is stronger.
post #19 of 29
My boobies are really small, and I found teh Bobby sat waaay too low to be helpful. Frankly, I found just folding a bed pillow in half to be just as supportive. If you're trying to be minimalist, I'd say you could go without a Boppy.
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by sarahtar View Post
My boobies are really small, and I found teh Bobby sat waaay too low to be helpful. Frankly, I found just folding a bed pillow in half to be just as supportive. If you're trying to be minimalist, I'd say you could go without a Boppy.
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I really think the boppy is unnecessary. A regular pillow or throw pillow (or a wadded up jacket) helped me a lit more!
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